Bomb threat at Portland Jewish community center

Portland Jewish center receives bomb threat

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Southwest Portland was the target of a bomb threat Monday night.

Portland Police received a report at 8:28 p.m. of a bomb threat at the community center, located at 6651 Southwest Capitol Highway.

The MJCC received an email to its general account that indicated a possibility of explosives on the campus, according to an email sent to MJCC members. Employees called 911 and the FBI.

About 60 people were inside the building when the threat was received. They evacuated the building. No one was hurt.

Four police officers and one FBI agent searched the building and found no suspicious items.

"No one was ever in any danger, and we have no reason to believe there is any ongoing need for concern," the email said.

More than 100 Jewish community centers around the country have now received either phone or email threats this year. Seven states, including Oregon, were victims this week. None of the threats has been carried out.

The White House on Tuesday condemned the latest threats.

"We denounce these latest anti-Semitic and hateful threats in the strongest terms. It is incredibly saddening that I have to continue to share these disturbing reports with you," said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said it's unknown if this threat is connected to similar incidents happening across the country.

Related: Bomb threats reported at Jewish community centers around the country

The MJCC has been increasing security on its campus. The changes were planned before Monday's threat.

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici also condemned the threat.

“This must stop. As an American and as a member of the Jewish community I’m deeply troubled and profoundly saddened by the dramatic increase in threats to Jewish organizations and community centers," Bonamici said. "I’m calling on my colleagues in Congress and the administration to condemn these threats of violence in the strongest possible terms."

Bob Horenstein of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland says he is feeling outrage, but also a strong sense of community after supportive calls from local Muslim, Christian and Catholic leaders.

"Clearly there is a climate in this country that is emboldening people who are inclined to do these kinds of senseless and hateful acts. But ultimately, the people who are perpetrating them are the ones we have to hold accountable and bring to justice," said Horenstein.

Anyone with information about the bomb threat should email Portland Police and reference Case No. 17-67367.

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